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The Last Dinosaurs

The Last Dinosaurs

by Douglas Dixon

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Available to the trade for the first time, these four volumes in the New Dinosaur Library focus on the creatures that flourished during the three periods of the Age of Dinosaurs. In each of the first three titles, 11 dinosaurs are described in succinct narratives accompanied by startling photos showing convincing models of dinosaurs against equally convincing backdrops. The portraits in each of the three books are followed by several pages of ``fun facts,'' a suggested reading list, a glossary and an index with a pronunciation guide. Hunting the Dinosaurs offers an historic overview of the evolution, the behavior and the study of dinosaurs, and even includes an explanation of how Burton effects her ``photographic restorations.'' With its striking visuals and easily absorbed text, this series is highly recommended for dinosaur devotees. Ages 7-11. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6 Finally, books which can actually boast of having true dinosaur photographs! No matter that the photos are of models, these prehistoric beasts look like the real thing. Unlike Brasch's Prehistoric Monsters (Salem House, 1987), these photos bear up to close scrutiny. No tell-tale leaves of grass or human footprints give these primeval swamps away. The texts cover early, middle, and late periods of dinosaur history, along with brief information about paleontology and an intriguing description of how the photographs were actually taken. A good amount of information is presented in an orderly manner, making it easily accessible to children. The bibliographies aren't great, but the glossaries, indexes, and fun facts about dinosaurs would make this a popular set for either recreational reading or reports. Too, it's nice to see a series that challenges convention by including blue-helmeted Pachycephalosauruses, or a Lambeosaurus grazing amongst pink magnolias. Not-so-average pictures of dinosaurs, from a not-so-average series of books. Cathryn A. Camper, Minneapolis Public Library

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Random House Children's Books
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New Dinosaur Collection

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